Anzu’s 25th Anniversary Tasting Menu, Illustrated

This dish of smoked black cod with kabocha squash and truffle dashi was a defnite highlight.

Anzu (222 Mason Street, 2nd Floor), the upscale Asian-fusion restaurant at the Hotel Nikko, is, along with the hotel, celebrating its 25th birthday this fall. The dining room has been retooled, and in celebration they’re offering a five-course tasting menu that’s actually kind of a deal at $49 (with $30 extra for wine and sake pairings). Despite the stigma of that “fusion” word, the food feels neither dated, nor overworked, and there were a couple delicate and refined highlights that we’d say make this place a solid bet for Union Square dining, especially if you’re headed on a theater date.

See our slideshow of a recent meal.